One of Italy’s two main – and colossal – ski areas, the Milky Way is often overlooked in favour of its bigger brother – the Dolomiti Superski – or better-known French resorts across the border. We think that’s a crying shame, so here are five top-notch reasons to explore one of Europe’s best-kept secrets.
We know it, you know it – size matters. And at 400km, the Milky Way is no lightweight. A full area lift pass will allow you access not just to heaps of piste, but two different countries. Mental.
It’s Unimaginably Beautiful
With the perfect balance of high, wide, open runs and dreamy, magical tree runs, the Milky Way looks spectacular. And have you seen Montgenèvre? It’s the next best thing to Narnia without flying all the way to the Nordics.
When you get right down to it, snow is pretty central to any skiing holiday and the Milky Way has been bathing in foot upon foot of deep, fluffy, glorious pow pow. Sestriere and Sauze have been particularly dreamy all season long. Look at it!
There Are Five Resorts
Five resorts, each with their own unique look, feel, style, pros, cons and characteristics, and each with access to one of Europe’s best ski areas. For family-friendly après in a quiet village and famously consistent snow coverage, check out Claviere. More in the mood for lively evenings in packed out bars, but still fancy the tree skiing? Sauze’s your best shot. Speak better French than you do Italian? Aller à Montgenèvre!
As you might expect from a 400km ski area, there’s a lot going on. Sestriere for instance has a beginner’s area that conveniently circles the village, before revealing itself as a proper intermediate’s paradise. Claviere on the other hand is a brilliant mixture of high open reds and tree-lined, lower-gradient blacks, making it perfect for progressing skiers and boarders. We get excited just talking about it.
So there you have it – five perfectly formed and undeniably convincing reasons to get yourselves to the Milky Way ASAP.